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Independence Memorial Hall (Colombo)

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Visit the Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo

For the sheer historical value of it all, visit Independence Memorial Hall – a famous place to behold in Colombo. As is expected of any free country, any buildings and statues built in commemoration of their freedom struggle is a sight to behold. There is very little doubt that Independence Memorial Hall is a remarkable beauty in Colombo. Located smack dab in the middle of Independence Square (formerly known as Torrington Square) in Cinnamon Gardens, this place exudes peace and beauty. It is a very little known fact that Independence Memorial Hall was featured as a pit stop in Amazing Race Asia (season four) and Amazing Race Australia (season one). Visit Independence Memorial Hall today and any trip to Colombo is incomplete without making this stop.

History of Independence Square

Sri Lanka, once fabled as the Golden City of Lanka in ancient literature, was brought into British subservience and remained so till the fourth of February, 1948. Much of Sri Lanka’s struggle for independence from the British Reign and the restoration of full governing power to the citizens of Sri Lanka is epitomized by the Independence Memorial Hall. Visit Independence Memorial Hall to pay a silent tribute to its freedom fighters and learn more about the history of Colombo, all depicted by murals on the monument walls.

The most significant tribute in Independence Commemoration Hall is to Right Honorable Don Stephen Senanayake. Don Stephen Senanayake is known popularly as the Father of the Nation in Sri Lanka and was the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. His struggle for Ceylonese independence is a matter of great pride to the nation. Most of the Independence Day celebrations take place at this historic monument that has endured almost seventy years of Sri Lankan history. Visit Independence Memorial Hall on the fourth of February to take in the festivities.

Political and Cultural Significance of Independence Square

Visit Independence Memorial Hall for a day of soaking in Ceylon. Ceylonese culture is bright, colorful, effusive, and grand. The first celebration of independence for Sri Lanka took place at this very spot on the fourth of February, 1948. Ever since then, Independence Memorial Hall was served as a spot for all ceremonial assemblies for both the Senate and House of Representatives of Ceylon. This went on for a while until parliament was moved to a new residence. Currently, it is a venue for Independence Day celebrations every year and other religious events.

Aesthetic Value of Independence Square

Cinnamon Gardens is named for the former cinnamon plantations in this area. Today, it is a nerve center of hustle and bustle. Housing important official buildings such as Prime Minister’s Office, Independence Hall, and Colombo Town Hall, Cinnamon Gardens is not far behind in beauty. Visit Independence Memorial Hall set in a beautiful backdrop where the modern townscape meets the charm of rustic culture. Truly, it is one of the best places to visit in Colombo.

Independence Square Arcade

This shopping complex in Colombo is housed in a group of renovated colonial buildings. Opened in 2014, this trendy shopping center is a favorite hangout spot for the locals and tourists alike. The arcade is home to more than 40 stores, a movie theater, food outlets, etc.


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    Around one hour is sufficient to visit entire complex.

    The monument is open 24 hours for the public.

    There is no entry fee for the memorial hall.

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